|Real Name||Teratani Tomomi (寺谷知己)|
MANYO’s work is about simplicity. Without using much effects and instruments, his music is usually just simple melody, yet powerful and brings you into the firm atmosphere created by it. MANYO’s work features slow to medium beat light tune, and piano is heavily used. Besides solo work, MANYO also collaborates with doujin vocalists, mostly doing the composition or arrangement. On the commercial side, he composes for game music.
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MANYO started his career in 2000 under the circle Little Wing. Little Wing initially consisted of Takumaru (たくまる), waki (和気胜治) and MANYO himself. In 2001 Little Wing released 7th moon, a doujin collaboration album with Katakiri Rekka (片雾烈火) for the PC game Tsukihime (月姫), it was very well received. The team didn’t stick for too long, and eventually Takumaru and waki left, leaving just MANYO.
Little Wing is still active, but MANYO is the only member in the circle. MANYO continues to work on composing music for games, and occasionally writes songs for doujin artists. MANYO has actually worked a lot on both doujin and commercial albums, however most of them are simply beyond my reach (impossible to buy or download), and the music introduced here is not but a small fraction of his work that I have experienced.
MANYO’s main circle is Little Wing, created in 2000 with Takumaru and waki, but both had since left. Little Wing is now made up of just MANYO, and most work done by him is usually released under this circle, doujin or commercial. A new circle Arcane has just been started, consisting of MANYO (compose and arrangement) and Mutsura Tate (六浦館), an album (“Greole”) has since been released.
This section details some of MANYO’s albums. Note that this is by no means a complete discography, it contains a few albums that I am familiar with and enjoy. Each album listed contains a few handpicked sample tracks that I personally adore. Not all albums have their complete tracks listed since some of them are potentially large. An external text file containing the tracklist is provided. Also, the albums are sorted by personal favourites.
Note: Additional “sample” link is included if the stream doesn’t work.
- Kara no Shoujo (殻ノ少女) Original Soundtrack Azure (July, 2008)
- Ruri no Tori (『瑠璃の鳥』) <Shimotsuki Haruka> (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-rurinotori(shimotsuki).mp3?attredirects=0
- S (エス) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-s.mp3?attredirects=0
- Lilac (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-lilac.mp3?attredirects=0
- Getsusekai (月世界) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-getsusekai.mp3?attredirects=0
- Holiday (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-holiday.mp3?attredirects=0
- Kara no Shoujo (殻の少女) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-karanoshojo.mp3?attredirects=0
- Reborn (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-reborn.mp3?attredirects=0
- Ruri no Tori (ルリノトリ) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/karanoshoujoost-rurinotori.mp3?attredirects=0
Soundtrack for the PC game Kara no Shoujo, which has a mix of mystery murder and tragic love story. The tracks are generally light and simple, although like all MANYO’s work it vividly brings out the right atmosphere.
Favourite track has to be Kara no Shoujo, I was totally charmed when I first heard it (fitting for the title screen of the game I suppose). The crisp, simple and sorrowful piano melody basically puts you into the right mood for the tragic story to be unfold. Honorable mention goes to Shimotsuki’s Ruri no Tori (瑠璃の鳥), I didn’t quite like it initially but it grew on me, the dark and depressing lyrics contrasted by the light and comfortable arrangement is quite an interesting combination. The piano arranged version of it (ルリノトリ) is pretty nice as well.
- Aoi Shiro (アオイシロ) Original Soundtrack (August, 2008)
- Yami no Kanata ni (闇の彼方に) <Rita, Shimotsuki Haruka> (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-yaminokanatani.mp3?attredirects=0
- Yuukyuu no Kanata kara (悠久の彼方から) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-yuukyuunokanatakara.mp3?attredirects=0
- Mizu no Sasayaki (水の囁き) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-mizunosasayaki.mp3?attredirects=0
- Ruri no Miyadokoro (瑠璃の宮処) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-rurinomiyadokoro.mp3?attredirects=0
- Michiyuku Shi wo Koe (道征く死を越え) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-michiyukushiwokoe.mp3?attredirects=0
- Umi Tsunami (海つ波) <Mitose Noriko> (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-umitsunami.mp3?attredirects=0
- Izanami (誘水) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-izanami.mp3?attredirects=0
- Natsu ni Saita Hi (夏に咲いた日) (BLUE Remix) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/aoishiroost-natsunisaitahi(blueremix).mp3?attredirects=0
Aoi Shiro’s music has an oriental flavour and gives an aura of tranquil and mystery. Favourite track would be the opening theme, Yami no Kanata ni by Rita and Shimotsuki Haruka. Initially I wasn’t sure if Rita’s husky deep voice would go well with Shimotsuki’s whisper and soft voice but it turned out to be a great mix. Love the transient and watery feeling of the arrangement.
Next up would be Yuukyuu no Kanata kara, a fine example of the oriental flavour I mentioned. Mitose Noriko also did some work for the soundtrack, besides singing for Umi Tsunami, she also did all the chanting chorus for the music, examples are Ruri no Miyadokoro and Izanami. In particularly Ruri no Miyadokoro is a worth a mention, the soothing murmurs of Mitose Noriko harmonizing with simple piano melody is a signature of MANYO’s work – simple, clean and beautiful.
- Sacrament (サクラメント) (April, 2007)
- 『LUNA』 arange Ver. <Shimotsuki Haruka> (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/sacrament-luna.mp3?attredirects=0
- Lunatic Tears (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/sacrament-lunatictears.mp3?attredirects=0
- Koikokoro (恋心) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/sacrament-koikokoro.mp3?attredirects=0
- Moon Dance (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/sacrament-moondance.mp3?attredirects=0
- Sayonara (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/sacrament-sayonara.mp3?attredirects=0
- Rin (凛) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo1/media/sacrament-rin.mp3?attredirects=0
Soundtrack for Nagomibako (和み匣, PC game), a fandisk for Cartagra (カルタグラ, PC game). The bad news is that the soundtrack contains only 14 tracks, and about a third of them are junk (avoid track 9, 10, 11 and 14), but the good news is that the remaining tracks are awesome :)
Let’s start with Shimotsuki’s 『LUNA』, the violin accompaniment and depressing tune coupled with Shimotsuki’s fragile tone totally draws out the sadness of the theme. The next few tracks share the same sort of feel, mostly a little depressing. In general I enjoyed the album, but it’s probably not for everyone.
- Akai Ito (アカイイト) Original Soundtrack (November, 2004)
- Toki no Shizuku (時の雫) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/akaiitoost-tokinoshizuku.mp3?attredirects=0
- Yume no Odamaki (夢の苧環) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/akaiitoost-yumenoodamaki.mp3?attredirects=0
- Itsuka no Hikari (いつかのひかり) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/akaiitoost-itsukanohikari.mp3?attredirects=0
- Furu-uta (古唄) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/akaiitoost-furu-uta.mp3?attredirects=0
- Utakata (泡沫) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/akaiitoost-utakata.mp3?attredirects=0
- Mawaru Inochi (廻る生命) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/akaiitoost-mawaruinochi.mp3?attredirects=0
There are 2 vocal themes in this soundtrack, but I only find them mediocre so they are not sampled. Favourite track would be Utakata, unlike most of MANYO’s stuff which has an air of sadness, Utakata is a track filled with confidence and vigor. This track, together with Itsuka no Hikari are vocalized about 4 years later, the album is detailed here. The mystical and magical feeling of Yume no Odamaki gets me again, I guess I am just weak against this sort of music ><.
You might notice there is some similarity between Akai Ito’s and Aoi Shiro’s music, partly it’s because both games share the same sort of theme, but MANYO’s work has matured quite a little (a gap of 4 years between the two), and the synthesized instruments and effects are done much better.
- Cartagra (カルタグラ) Original Soundtrack Manie (August, 2005)
- Rengoku (『恋獄』) <Shimotsuki Haruka> (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/cartagraostmanie-rengoku(shimotsuki).mp3?attredirects=0
- Yukiwarisou (雪割草) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/cartagraostmanie-yukiwarisou.mp3?attredirects=0
- Tsuki no Namida (月の涙) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/cartagraostmanie-tsukinonamida.mp3?attredirects=0
- Doukoku (慟哭) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/cartagraostmanie-doukoku.mp3?attredirects=0
- Rengoku (レンゴク) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/cartagraostmanie-rengoku.mp3?attredirects=0
- Kuon… (久遠…) (sample) http://sites.google.com/site/depthcharge101manyo2/media/cartagraostmanie-kuon....mp3?attredirects=0
I can’t explain it myself but I am enchanted by Rengoku, maybe it’s the catchy tune, the dark lyrics, or the arrangement, I don’t know. In any case, the song (and also the game) is about how much love can drive one over the edge, the title Rengoku literally translates to Love Prison – how much the character is fixated on her lover, to the point where it can be described as being stuck in a prison of love. As for the other tracks, they are mostly bitter piano melodies, as you might expect if you have been reading this page…
Manie as a whole is a decent soundtrack, although there are less outstanding tracks and some of the synthesized effects sound a little too artificial. As I have commented above in Akai Ito’s soundtrack, it’s less developed compared to his more recent work.
- Official site (Japanese)
Little Wing’s/MANYO’s official site.
- VGMDB (English)
Contains discography information on game related music MANYO did.
- Little Wing fansite (Japanese)
A fansite for Little Wing. An informative site on the circle’s career history and their doujin-related work, but it has not been updated since 2005.